Burslem, Cobridge, Longport and Tunstall Association for the Prosecution of Felons - from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

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Date:21st of April 1808

Description:Business leaders in Burslem, Cobridge, Longport and Tunstall here unite in their efforts to prosecute wrong doers - they are to form an Association for the Prosecution of Felons.

Witness Protection

The men pledge protection to any informer who can shed light on trespasses, robbery and damage to houses, factories and pastures.

This was a key promise. With no police force to protect witnesses in a close-knit community, informers could easily become uneasy.


A list of rewards also appears. For information about stealing earthenware or colour from pottery factories, informers can expect to be paid £1 1s - but this will rise to £5 5s if there is a conviction.

For information leading to a conviction related to horse-stealing, house-breaking or highway robbery, £20 is offered.

Legal Aid

The society has resolved to assist with legal fees anybody "honest and industrious" enough to have acquired a house or garden, as long as they can prove who has committed the crime.

  • John Hall

  • John and Richard Riley

  • John Davenport

  • Benjamin Goodwin

  • William Adams, Cobridge

  • Jos. Brindley

  • Rhead and Goodfellow

  • Peter Warburton

  • R. Billington and Sons

  • Bagshaw and Meir

  • John Warburton

  • John and George Rogers

  • Keeling and Ogilvy

  • Henshall and Williamson

  • Wood and Caldwell

  • Thomas Wedgwood

  • William Bourne

  • John Wood

  • John Heath

  • George Knott

  • Charles Cotton

  • Ralph Bagnall

  • Andrew Blackwell

  • Mary Daniel

  • Daniel Steele

  • James and Andrew Stevenson

  • John and William Mosel

  • Wright and Robinson

  • James Preston

  • Lindop and Taylor

  • Thomas Maydew

  • Thomas Gibbs

  • Robert Heath

  • About this document

    Burslem pottery manufacturer Enoch Wood collected this document, and it is now amongst the collections at Stoke-on-Trent Museums.


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